PGM Hécate II

The Hécate II is the standard heavy sniper rifle of the French Army, sometimes known as the FR-12,7 (French: Fusil à Répétition de calibre 12.7 mm or "12.7 mm calibre repeating rifle").

PGM Hécate II
Class Manportable
Type Rifles
Manufacturer PGM Precision
Origin France
Country Name Origin Year
France 1993
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
France 1993 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
PGM Precision View

It is manufactured by PGM Précision of France. This is the largest weapon manufactured by PGM, chambered for the .50 BMG (12.7×99mm NATO) cartridge.

Its design is the same metallic-skeleton as used in other similar rifles in the PGM family, only scaled up. It is equipped with both an adjustable front bipod and a rear monopod for maximum accuracy. The barrel is deeply fluted in order to disperse heat and reduce weight, and is fitted with a high-efficiency muzzle brake which reduces the felt recoil to about the level expected of a 7.62×51mm NATO–chambered rifle. The stock is also adjustable.

Type Anti-materiel rifle
Place of origin France
Service history
In service 1993–present
Used by Brazil
Wars Afghanistan, Northern Mali
Production history
Designer Gilles Payen
Manufacturer PGM Précision
Weight 13.8 kg (30.42 lb) with no sight
Length 1,380 mm (54.3 in)
1,140 mm (44.9 in) with stock removed
Barrel length 700 mm (27.6 in)
Cartridge .50 BMG (12.7×99mm NATO)
Action Bolt-action
Muzzle velocity 825 m/s (2,707 ft/s)
Effective firing range 1,800 m
Maximum firing range Over 2,000 m
Feed system 7-round detachable box magazine
Sights Telescopic sights

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